He has won scores of awards for playing one of the most mesmerising characters in TV history, but Bryan Cranston has spoken out about the perils of fame – “opportunists and belligerent people who just want to make a profit off of you”.
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, the star of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad says the success of the show and his increased profile creates unwelcome attention.
Asked if he enjoys being famous he said: “ No. I don’t. That doesn’t attract me, really. In fact, it has a tendency to distract from things I like to do.
"The fans are kind and courteous and I can respond in tune. But there are opportunists and belligerent people who just want to make a profit off of you. I have less and less patience for that. It’s a demand on your time, and I don’t have a lot of that.
“How you want to spend that very valuable commodity, time, and you have to be very careful with that. That being said, being in this position has afforded me great opportunity to work at a level you only dream about. And I have the fortune of doing that.”
Cranston has recently starred in the films Drive and Argo.
The fifth and final series of Breaking Bad is currently on Netflix, with the premiere slated for September 30.